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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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The Binchois Consort was founded in 1995 to perform Dufay’s Mass for St Anthony of Padua as part of a liturgical Mass for the Saint’s feast day. Its recording of that Mass was released by Hyperion in 1996 to an enthusiastic critical reception. All its subsequent albums have received similarly stunning reviews. The second, Music for St James the Greater by Guillaume Dufay, received numerous awards, including ‘Recording of the Month’ and ‘Early Music Recording of the Year’ in Gramophone magazine and a ‘Diapason d’or’. The group’s other recordings for Hyperion have been equally well received: Josquin and his contemporaries, was voted runner-up to the ‘Early Music Recording of the Year’ for 2002 by Gramophone; a disc of Masses and motets by Busnois, Domarto and Pullois was shortlisted for the same award and received the coveted ‘G5’ of Goldberg magazine and five stars in BBC Music Magazine; while their recording of a Mass, Puisque je vis, thought to be by Dufay, along with motets by Dufay, Compère and others, was named ‘Diapason découverte’ by Diapason. Their recording of the second of Dufay’s ‘Anthony’ Masses, in honour of St Anthony Abbot, along with three Mass movements and two motets by Dufay’s great contemporary Gilles Binchois, was widely hailed for its ‘spellbinding beauty’ (The Times), and the BBC Music Magazine was unequivocal in its praise for the group’s 2008 recording of Dufay’s Missa Se la face ay pale: ‘Kirkman’s sweeps the board … performances of great clarity, pliancy and historical value … a confirming display of excellence and insight’. Music for Henry V and the House of Lancaster was a Critics’ Choice in Gramophone magazine, and a Choral Choice in BBC Music Magazine, where it was praised as a ‘magical and moving chance to hear music directly from the circle of Henry V’.